Major News and Events of 13 February 2014
What Happened on 13 February 2014
Pepper spray used in the Parliament in an unprecedented incident
Powell and Modi have a meeting and discuss India and US ties
RBI Governor talks of role of social media in doing away with online frauds
IPL likely to be played in South Africa
Android ruled with 78.1% share in the smartphone domain in 2013
The Supreme Court sent direction on Thursday to the Chief Secretary of Karnataka government for putting an end the ceremony where young girls are dedicated as ‘Devadasis’. This ceremony takes place on a full moon night and will happen today close to the border of Karnataka and Maharashtra border. An apex court bench headed by Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam issued the interim direction. The bench acted on a PIL filed by a lawyer specifying urgency in the matter. The bench agreed to the interim petition and directed the Karnataka government to see to it that this ceremony was not held today. The court has also sent notices to the Centre and governments of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu over this matter.
It was first time in the history of the Parliament that disturbances in the house took an ugly turn. Lagadapati Rajagopal, MP from Andhra Pradesh, who was expelled from the Congress, used pepper spray in the Lok Sabha which led to members and journalists in the media gallery coughing vigorously. This has come as a shock to everyone. 18 MPs of the Lok Sabha have been suspended as they protested when the Telangana bill was introduced in parliament. They will be suspended for five sittings or till the time the parliament session is in vogue, whichever period is less. In the meanwhile government did introduce the bill for which the protests were going on. Speaker’s microphone was also broken by M. Venugopala, who is a TDP member and protesting against the divide. Strict action will be taken against the MPs, this was said by Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde. He also added that now that the Telangana bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha, it was parliament’s property.
US Ambassador Nancy Powell had a meeting at Gandhinagar with the Gujarat CM Narendra Modi, who is also the BJP prime ministerial candidate. US-India ties were discussed in the meeting. This meeting signifies a radical change in US’ stance which rejected visa of Modi in 2005 regarding the 2002 Gujarat riots. Powell was welcomed with a bouquet of roses by Modi. As per the statement of the US embassy in New Delhi this was part of US initiative to connect to all the senior Indian leaders of the main political parties prior to the general elections. The discussion hovered on the relation between India and the US, security issues at the regional level, US trade and investment in India and human rights. The meeting was organized by the external affairs ministry, which got a request to schedule this meeting.
RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan today proposed using social media as one of the tools to find out frauds in the online space as that is on the rise recently. While addressing the annual Nasscom leadership conference in Delhi he asked whether social media can be used to enable people for identification of frauds. Also he queried whether there was a possibility to regulate in that sphere as in to collect information of what was transpiring and then take action on it in a responsible manner. He also explained that at present this was just an idea and that social media may be used in the future to pinpoint the latest frauds. Rajan has an unconventional way of handling issues and has a belief that SMAC (social media, mobile, analytics and cloud) can provide solution to the issues. He said that virtual space can be used to dupe anyone and at the same time can be utilized by the police. He also stated that mails were in circulation wherein prizes were announced to those addressed in the mail taking the name of the RBI and personal details were sought from them. He stated RBI does not ask for any details. As a matter of fact, RBI does not have any presence on social media as of yet.
There is lot of possibility that the Indian Premier League will this year be played outside India as it is going to clash with the Lok Sabha Polls and the BCCI may take it to South Africa. As per earlier reports, it was being said that Sri Lanka may be the country to host the championship in April-May which is going to extend for 8 weeks. Sanjay Patel, the BCCI secretary has given indications that South Africa may get the preference as it had hosted the IPL in 2009 and has also played host to the T20 Champions League. There will be a meeting between the officials of BCCI and the Home ministry and a decision will be taken for the same.
Science and Technology
In the last quarter of 2013 Android ruled in the smartphone domain over Apple’s iPhone. Windows Phone was on 3rd slot while BlackBerry shares slumped more. As per the IDC survey, Android has 78.1% share in the global market with a 40% increase in the number of devices sold. Apple saw only 6.7% jump if compared to last year and its market share dipped from 20.9% to 17.6%. On the other hand, Windows Phone witnessed a 46.7% jump in sales year-over-year that has now 3% market share. BlackBerry’s issues continued and its sales dipped by 77% compared to last year and the market shares tumbled to mere 0.6%. In fact even in this the majority was the sale of older OS that is BlackBerry 7 operating system instead of BB10.